Solution Architect

Posted Date: Oct-23-2018

Job ID: 12235

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Information Technology

City: Bellevue

State: Washington

Store: Eastgate Headquarters


What's cool about this job

This role presents an opportunity to join the newly formed REI Rentals program. We are looking to expand the rentals offering in our stores and on REI.com with improved technology and capabilities. This will help more REI members and customers enjoy a life in the outdoors.In partnership with the Enterprise Architects, Business Analysts and Application/System owners, this role is able to develop coherent detailed architecture models for the business and/or IT solution, and will have deep understanding of the relevant business processes and technology practices in order to facilitate and coordinate a successful delivery of the transformational solution. The Solution Architect works with the Enterprise Architects to ensure integration of business divisional systems planning with company-wide strategic initiative planning. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission


  • For divisional area of accountability, responsible for maintaining the quality of the solution and assuring that the solution meets the owner requirements.
  • Lead, design, and document the solution architecture required to support project deliverables
  • Document non-functional technical requirements (deployment, performance, recoverability, release management, capacity, monitoring)
  • Determines and documents the architectural decisions that constrain the design and implementation of a solution, such as selection of technology, design and delivery methodology, and programming language
  • Provide direction to the technical team during the development and delivery of the solution
  • Ensure the solution fits with the enterprise architecture principles and guidelines
  • Verify the content developed by the technical team during the development phase is compliant with the proposed solution architecture
  • Validate and approve the deliverables from the technical team during the development phase
  • Resolve issues related to the solution architecture; recommend alternative solutions and corrective actions
  • Settle questions concerning the content and integrity of systems
  • Participate in the development of system assurance and user acceptance testing plans
  • Participate in project planning and schedule development
  • Determines and documents the architectural decisions that constrain the design and implementation of a solution. Partners with Project Manager (PM) and Business Analyst (BA) in identifying project issues and risks, establishing contingency plans, and identifying triggering events for mitigating action
  • Partner with BAs to develop Key Project Initial Assessments (KPIA), Initial Business Cases (IBC), and Business Cases (BC) for new solutions
  • Participate in the evaluation and selection of software product standards, as well as the design of standard software configurations
  • Collaborates with Enterprise Architects to develop the technology “roadmap” (Business Initiative Roadmap) for the assigned business, and to plan the transition from the current architectural framework to the target architecture of the future. Ensures that business-level planning integrates with corporate strategic roadmap
  • Collaborates with Enterprise Architects, Business analysts, and other divisional Solution Architects on a wide range of technology projects, including software development, package installation and infrastructure upgrades and changes that may have impact across several technical areas including: processes, software, data, network and systems

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent training and experience
  • 5+ years systems architecture experience with large-scale, mission-critical databases and applications
  • In-depth knowledge of line of technical solutions for line of business supported
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI
  • Planning and organizational skills. Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven leadership skills Knowledge of all components in a solution architecture
  • Ability to translate business needs into solution architecture requirements
  • Ability to estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives
  • Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to business problems
  • Basic knowledge of business process re-engineering principles and processes
  • Understanding of network architecture and application development methodologies
  • Understanding of SOA, object-oriented analysis and design, and/or client/server systems
  • Basic understanding of the enterprise's political climate and how to navigate the political waters
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies. Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization.

Why you'll love it here

We’re a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. REI is a co-op, born in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in 1938. We’re here to help our over 6 million active members have amazing experiences outside—and do the same ourselves. Bring your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors—we can’t wait to meet you!

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 12,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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